Computational Engineering Physics Laboratory

Western Michigan University


Fundamental and applied research conducted in the Computational Engineering Physics Laboratory at

Western Michigan University (WMU) are facilitated by state-of-the-art computing clusters.

The computer clusters support in-house codes, open-source codes, including Virtual Test Facility, CVSim, and OpenFoam,

and commercially available software, such as FLUENT, ICEM/CFD, ANSYS, ABAQUS, ADAMS, ScanIP, and Creo.


The base configurations of the CEPCOM and Western Wind clusters are briefed below.


CEMCOM (Assembled in 2003)

         Dual Intel Pentium III 1GHz, 512 MB RAM (x24)

         9GB SCSI for system storage

         73GB SCSI hard disk for secondary storage

         3COM 3C5920 integrated 100Mbit Ethernet controller

         3COM 3C5902 fast Ethernet Card


Western Wind (2007)

         Dual AMD Opteron 2GHz Dual Core Per Node with 16 Nodes

         Four 1GB ECC DDR 400 Memory Sticks Per Node

         Centos 5 Enterprise Linux

         MPICH v 2.0 and Open MPI v 1.3

         Pathscale HTX Adapter

         Infiniband Silverstorm Managed Switch

         Western Scientific 24 port 100/1000 Switch


Western Wind II (2011)

         48 Intel Xeon E5630 Quad Core Processors

         20 Compute Nodes of 24 GB System Memory Per Node

         Web Smart 24-Port Gigabit PoE Switch

         Centos 5 Enterprise Linux

         MPICH v 2.0 and Open MPI v 1.3



William W. Liou, Ph.D.

Professor and Director

(269) 276-3430